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Mozart Portraits / Cecilia Bartoli, Fischer, Vienna Co


Release Date: 09/13/1994 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 443452   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli
Conductor:  György Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For her second disc of Mozart arias (the first was reviewed in December 1991), Cecilia Bartoli tries on the costumes of a few characters she has not played in the opera-house. It seems unlikely that such a bubbly Cherubino would do better to swap to the role of the Countess, or that a winning Zerlina would rush to play Donna Elvira, but on disc anything is possible. Taking this selection of arias together with her other Mozart/da Ponte recordings, we can now hear Bartoli in all three female roles in Cosi fan tune, three in Le nozze di Figaro and two in Don Giovanni—versatility unbounded.

There are relatively few Italian mezzos, or sopranos for that matter, who sing a lot of Mozart and Bartoli's very Italian characteristics
Read more are immediately identifiable: brilliance of execution, vitality of words, sharpness of mind. She tears into the recitative before Donna Elvira's "Mi tradi" with a blistering fury that leaves most interpreters of the role standing and has no problems with the floriture of the aria itself. Her Fiordiligi has the bite for "Come scoglio", but comparisons with a variety of lyric sopranos show up a want of depth to the tone, both here and in "Per pieta". Her Countess delivers her lines with appropriately aristocratic weight, though one senses her natural temperament being suppressed with difficulty. However much she tries to disguise herself, the real Bartoli is likely to pop her head out.

There are unlikely to be any complaints about her effervescent Despina or Zerlina, both portrayals for which she has stage experience. In the concert-hall she is also a spirited interpreter of Exsultate, jubilate, as we heard at the Royal Festival Hall last year. From the opening line Bartoli makes other singers seem bland by comparison, getting the Latin words to tingle with a sense of elation that only an Italian-speaker would dare. In the slow central section her quiet singing is typically alive, not mellow at all; the final "Alleluia", where Mozart's Italian influence is at its height, makes an excellent end to the disc.

-- Gramophone [11/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Cosě fan tutte, K 588: Temerari!...Come scoglio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  György Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  Mozartsaal, Konzerthaus, Vienna 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Cosě fan tutte, K 588: Ei parte...Per pietŕ ben mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  György Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Mozartsaal, Konzerthaus, Vienna 
Length: 8 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Cosě fan tutte, K 588: In uomini, in soldati by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  György Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Mozartsaal, Konzerthaus, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: E Susanna non vien...Dove sono by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  György Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Mozartsaal, Konzerthaus, Vienna 
Length: 6 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Giunse alfin il momento...Deh vieni, non tardar by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  György Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Mozartsaal, Konzerthaus, Vienna 
Length: 7 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Batti, batti o bel Masetto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  György Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Venue:  Mozartsaal, Konzerthaus, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Don Giovanni, K 527: In quali eccessi...Mi tradě quell' alma ingrata by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  György Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Venue:  Mozartsaal, Konzerthaus, Vienna 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Davidde penitente, K 469: Lungi le cive ingrate by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  György Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Mozartsaal, Konzerthaus, Vienna 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  György Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Milan, Italy 
Venue:  Mozartsaal, Konzerthaus, Vienna 
Length: 14 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

Sound Samples

Cosě fan tutte / Act 1: "Temerari! Sortite!" - "Come scoglio!"
Cosě fan tutte, K.588 / Act 2: "Ei parte...Per pietŕ"
Cosě fan tutte, K.588 / Act 1: "In uomini, in soldati"
Le nozze di Figaro / Act 3: "E Susanna non vien!" - "Dove sono i bei momenti"
Le nozze di Figaro / Act 4: Giunse alfin il momento...Al desio di chi t'adora
Don Giovanni, K.527 / Act 1: "Batti, batti, o bel Masetto"
In quali eccessi... Mi tradi, K.540c - (Da Ponte)/Recitative and Aria (No.21bis) for Don Giovanni (version Vienna 1788)
Davidde Penitente, K.469: 3. Aria: "Lungi le cure ingrate"
Exsultate, jubilate, K.165

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